Court of King's Bench
The Court of King's Bench is the Superior Trial Court for the Province, hearing trials in civil and criminal matters and appeals from decisions of the Court of Justice. The Chief Justice and other Justices of the Court are also judges
of Surrogate Matters, which has jurisdiction over probate and administration of estate matters.
To help contain the spread of COVID-19, the Alberta Court of Queen's Bench is limiting hearings to emergency or urgent matters only. Emergency matters are those in which serious consequences to persons or harm to property may arise if the hearing does not proceed, or if there is a risk of loss of jurisdiction or expiration of an existing protection or restraining order, including but not limited to:
1. Family Matters:
2. Civil Matters
3. Surrogate Matters
4. Criminal Matters:
Urgent matters are those that do not rise to the level of the first priority, but must nevertheless be addressed in a timely way in the context of a reduction in Court services, including, but not limited to:
Parties and/or counsel who believe that their matter is an emergency or urgent are directed to call the following numbers to arrange for the scheduling of a hearing:
Between March 16 and March 27, 2020 the Court will make no new bookings in any non-emergency or non-urgent matter.
Filing processes will remain unaffected. Should changes occur, there will be communications advising as to what those changes are.
For matters before the Court of Queen’s Bench previously scheduled between March 16 and March 27, 2020:
Civil and Family Proceedings:
All other criminal matters, including trials and summary conviction appeals are adjourned to the following dates:
AN UPDATE TO THIS NOTICE WILL BE MADE ON OR BEFORE MARCH 25, 2020
Information on Case Management in civil, family & criminal matters
Civil claims that exceed $50,000 must be heard in the Court of King’s Bench
The Commercial List was established to deal with commercial insolvency law
Criminal law involves investigating and prosecuting people who may have broken the law
Family law governs the legal aspects of relationships between family members
Information on Judicial Dispute Resolution at the Court of King's Bench
Information on the process for requesting a review of lawyers' bills or assessment of court costs.
Information on Wills, Estates, & Trusteeships that are handled at the Court of King's Bench
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